Injured Cabrera wins All-Star vote at 1st base

The fans got Miguel Cabrera into the starting lineup for the All-Star Game. The strained left calf he suffered Friday got him out.

With Cabrera out for at least the next six weeks, the Tigers slugger won’t be able to take the field with the American League All-Stars next Tuesday night in Cincinnati. Still, he’ll be credited with his third consecutive starting nod and the fourth of his career, along with his 10th All-Star selection in 12 years.

In the end, it wasn’t particularly close. After Cabrera trailed Eric Hosmer in votes for much of June, a vote push from the Tigers and others helped spread the awareness and get him ahead. Cabrera received 13,834,271 votes, third among all AL players, and three million more than Hosmer. Either Hosmer or former Tiger Prince Fielder, who finished a distant third in voting, would appear likely to start in Cabrera’s place.

No other Tiger came close to a starting spot. Jose Iglesias finished second among AL shortstops with 8,671,708 votes, but fell about 3.3 million shy of Alcides Escobar’s total. Yoenis Cespedes had 8,907,156 votes, but placed fifth among AL outfielders, about 1.7 million votes shy of Alex Gordon for the third and final starting spot. Jose Bautista finished fourth. J.D. Martinez finished eighth. Ian Kinsler, Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez finished fourth at their respective positions.

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